Louisville Farm to Table partners with Organic Association of Kentucky for new health-driven initiatives
Mayor Greg Fischer outlined a new partnership between the Louisville Farm to Table program and the Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) at a press conference today held at Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Market in St. Matthews. Louisville Farm to Table works with community partners to increase production, marketing, distribution and sales of Kentucky edible agriculture products and to meet the demand of Louisville’s market for local foods. Member-based Organic Association of Kentucky promotes organic production and consumption statewide. Through this collaboration, the organizations will work to foster a greater awareness of the value of sustainable agriculture benefitting consumer health, the environment and economy, while also helping farmers identify market opportunities for organic meat, produce and other products.
“The partnership between Louisville Farm to Table and Organic Association of Kentucky will lead to greater economic opportunity for rural producers and better health outcomes for Kentucky consumers,” Fischer said.
Fischer also recognized local philanthropist Christy Lee Brown for her $100,000 donation to OAK and her work as a watchdog over the health of citizens of the Commonwealth, through such endeavors as the asthma monitoring project, managed by the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil, which she helped launch in 2014. OAK board chair Mac Stone also thanked Brown with a gift of eco-friendly produce. Stone spoke about OAK’s continued efforts throughout the state promoting organic food’s value including its upcoming annual conference open to farmers and consumers March 4 to 5 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Center in Shepherdsville.
Attendees can learn more about produce, livestock, dairy, farming, nutrition and homesteading. For more information, visit www.oak-ky.org.
About Louisville Farm to Table:
Louisville Farm to Table's mission is to increase the capacity of the local food system by working to increase production, marketing, distribution and sales of Kentucky edible agriculture products and to meet the demand of Louisville's market for local foods. The effort includes brokering deals and relationships, hosting public forums to identify and overcome barriers in the local food system, and working directly with institutions such as Jefferson County Public Schools to support their local food purchasing goals.
About Organic Association of Kentucky:
Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to improving the health of people and the environment by educating and providing resources for farmers and consumers interested in driving change to a more sustainable food system. Membership is open to anyone interested in organic agriculture. For more information, visit www.oak-ky.org.